updated: 6/21/2012 7:16:44 AM
The choice of Governor Mitch Daniels to serve as Purdue University's next president is drawing mixed reaction. Supporters believe Daniels’ business background and experience at the state and federal levels of government can be vital as the university seeks research and government funding. Opponents are expressing concern over his sweeping reforms to public education and reputation for cutting operational budgets. Our partners at WISH-TV in Indianapolis report Daniels, who is expected to be approved Thursday by the university's board of trustees, will move into the job during a challenging time for higher education.
Even with the funding battles ahead, Jerry Bepko, a state commissioner of higher education, says Daniels is the right choice.
Democratic House Education Committee Member Greg Porter thinks Purdue and other institutions will be feeling the pain of state cuts for a long time.
WISH-TV reports the school's tuition rose nearly 9 percent since 2008, while the rate of inflation has gone up around 7 percent.
In 2009, the Daniels Administration and the General Assembly slashed more than $120 million from the state budget and $58 million was cut last year.